Actor Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as the Tobacconist (Tabakoya) Sankichi
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #520
Vertical chûban; 25.7 x 18.4 cm (10 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of an incomplete tetraptych.
Play: Keisei Somewake Tazuna
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection